Survey of Autodesk PLM 360 Customers Shows Benefits of Cloud

  Survey of Autodesk PLM 360 Customers Shows Benefits of Cloud

Improved Business Responsiveness and Greater Access to Project Information
Cited As Key Reasons

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- November 05, 2012

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced findings from a survey of
Autodesk PLM 360 customers that showed the cloud-based product lifecycle
management (PLM) solution is helping many companies employ PLM for the first
time or bringing PLM to entirely new functions within a company.

For a majority of respondents, Autodesk PLM 360 represented their first time
using PLM technology. Previously, 61.1 percent of respondents were using
Microsoft Office tools to handle their PLM needs, and 27.8 percent had no PLM
system at all prior to PLM 360.

Available for the first time earlier this year, PLM 360 represents a flexible,
easily customizable, next-generation alternative to traditional PLM systems,
which have historically been expensive, complicated, and difficult to both
deploy and configure.

“When employees in a range of roles can better access product and
project-related information, it helps them continuously improve the products
they design and manufacture,” said Brenda Discher, vice president,
Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “We believe that
PLM is for everyone, so we welcome this feedback and ability to learn from a
broad cross-section of users in multiple industries.”

Respondents Cite Cloud Flexibility, Accessibility

Nearly two thirds (63.6 percent) of the survey respondents—whose functional
positions ranged from engineering warehouse quality control, to legal and
accounting—indicated that they were experiencing improved flexibility and
responsiveness as a result of the product’s cloud platform.

“Autodesk PLM 360's cloud-based functionality was absolutely a key factor in
our purchasing decision,” said Andrew Armour, President and Founder, Pura
Medical LLC. “Having the benefits associated with universal connectability and
minimal IT maintenance requirements allow us to focus our resources on running
our business as opposed to managing a software program.”

Additionally, more than two thirds (68.8 percent) of respondents praised the
accessibility of the cloud platform, citing the promise of immediate access to
data anywhere in the world as one of their key reasons for selecting PLM 360.

Other key reasons for purchase included simplified IT and deployment (56.3
percent of respondents) and ease of configuration (50 percent of respondents).

“At VACCO, we design and manufacture specialty valves, filters and advanced
fluid control products used in critical missions for Aerospace, space
markets,” said Richard Noriega, Design Engineer, VACCO Industries. “There is
no room for error in our product development, and the fact that we can tailor
Autodesk PLM 360 to fit our business helps us ensure consistency and quality
of our products.”

Methodological Notes:

The Autodesk PLM 360 Customer Survey was conducted between Oct. 9-17, 2012,
using an email invitation and an online survey. Survey findings reflect
insights from 20 organizations in more than nine industries and six global

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